Pregnancy & Babies

Pregnancy
Sciatic Pain and Pubis Symphysis Dysfunction  ‘Ligaments around the pelvis and sacrum become more lax during the last 2 months to allow more space for the baby to come down, can lead to aggravation of the sciatic nerve as it exits the sacrum, resulting in pain and discomfort. Front of the pelvis at the Pubis Symphysis can also open during this time resulting in severe pain at the pubic area.’  John Wilks These are two areas that Bowen Therapy may be helpful in treating. Bowen can be done in a chair or lying on your side.   Client comfort is important. Changes occur in our bodies during pregnancy:
  • Nausea and fatigue in the first three months
  • As our belly grows our center of gravity changes
  • Added stresses to the neck, spine and pelvic area
  • Discomfort and swelling
Bowen Therapy can help alleviate symptoms during pregnancy, from helping to improve mum’s posture and encouraging good blood and nerve supply to the uterus as well as:
  • Backache/sciatica
  • Sacral pain
  • Pelvic pain
  • Pubis Symphysis
  • Fluid retention
  • Psoas
  • Headaches
  • Achy legs
  • Fatigue
  • anxiety
  • Depression
  • Sleeplessness
  • Constipation
  • Swollen ankles
  • Carpel tunnel
‘The Illio-psoas group of muscles has a profound effect on posture. Hydration and fluidity of the psoas is key to a healthy pregnancy and birth as It encourages movement in the whole abdomen and diaphragm as well as creating space for the baby often forcing it forward or up under the ribs.’   John Wilks Post Natal After childbirth stresses to muscles and ligaments of the pelvis can result in pain and pelvic instability. Bowen can help reduce problems in this area and aid in recovery. Areas Bowen may be of help:
  • Sore shoulders from breastfeeding
  • Sore arms from carrying
  • Overall body pain
  • Fatigue
  • Stress management and calming the nervous system
When receiving Bowen we activate the Central Nervous System (CNS) and so most frequently felt sensation is deep relaxation; allowing the mind to be calm and peaceful and letting the body do the work of realigning on a muscular and skeletal level. Babies Birth for babies can be tough. There are many types of birth that put excessive strain on babies head and neck.
  • ‘forcepts (which applies strong compressive or squeezing forces)
  • Ventouse (which imprints traction and rotational forces on the occiput and parietal can feed into the temporal, the jaw, the base of the cranium and top of the neck)’  John Wilks
Bowen can be used on babies at an early stage and help with such conditions as:
  • Neck restrictions
  • Feeding problems (is baby favouring one side)
  • Colic/reflux
  • Respiratory problems
  • Constipation, wind
  • Nervous or anxious babies